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May 25 (Reuters) - Two freight trains collided at a rail intersection in southeastern Missouri on Saturday, injuring seven people, igniting a fire and triggering the collapse of an overpass under which they were traveling, a county sheriff's dispatcher said.
Dispatcher Clay Slipis of the Scott County Sheriff's Office said that five people who had been traveling in cars on the overpass were injured as were two train conductors.
'One train T-boned the other one and caused it to derail, and the derailed train hit a pillar which caused the overpass to collapse,' Slipis said of the crash, which took place before dawn near the town of Chaffee, about 15 miles southwest of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
The crash came just over a week after a commuter train derailed in Connecticut, striking another train and injuring more than 70 people during the evening rush hour.
(Reporting by Eric Johnson in Seattle; Writing by Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Eric Beech and Jackie Frank) Keywords: USA TRAIN/CRASH
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